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On this course you will study the function of the human body in health and disease, look at diseases from molecular, cellular and systems points of view. As such, the degree provides a great foundation for graduate-entry medical or dental school.
On this course you will develop the practical skills and scientific knowledge future employers need. We’ll prepare you for further training or employment in a range of healthcare science professions or medical research.
You will gain a sound understanding of medical aspects of the human body in health and disease as the course builds on core biomedical science subjects. Primarily taught by our teaching staff, some aspects are taught by health professionals from the local hospitals.
You will have the opportunity to work with our academics in research groups and explore such subjects such as:
- genetic damage induced by radiation
- the mechanisms of nicotine addiction
- how the heart and lungs function in health and disease.
You can apply for exciting work placements, with our strong links with local hospitals and bioscience organisations.
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Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
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Learning and assessment
The course is structured to give you a sound understanding of medical aspects of the human body in health and disease. It builds on core biomedical science subjects.
The first year gives you the opportunity to experience a broad range of subjects. The modules lay the foundation for the advanced modules in Year 2 and your final year where themes are further developed. And gives you a better understanding of where you want to focus your second and final years.
In Year 3 you can choose an optional professional placement concerned with research or clinical work.
You will be able to choose modules to suit your particular interest in the molecular life sciences or physiological sciences. The emphasis is on the interdisciplinary nature of causes and treatment of disease.
You will have the option to select a modular pathway that emphasises the physiological principles underpinning medical science at a systems level.
If you’re unsure about which course to study, there is some flexibility within your subject area once you get here.
- Lectures and seminars
- Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)
Year 3 (optional placement year)
Year 4 (or Year 3 if no placement)
Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
A degree in Medical Science from Oxford Brookes is the first step to a wide range of career opportunities in biomedical science, clinical science, health care management and clinical trials co-ordination. Many leading universities around the world now have graduate medical schools. This degree is excellent preparation for entry into medicine or study as a health care practitioner.
As many as 50% of our graduates each year are appointed to research posts in universities, research institutes or biotechnology companies, while others pursue careers allied to medicine and health care.
Our courses are designed to equip you with the skills you need for employment. We put a strong emphasis on developing the multidisciplinary graduate attributes needed to keep ahead in a rapidly changing workplace.
The BSc degree is well designed to provide a foundation for graduate-entry medical school or further academic training in the life and medical sciences (eg MSc and PhD level degrees).
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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